Imagine this…lights flashing everywhere, a group of cute girls with frilly colorful dresses step out on stage and they start singing/dancing while pop music blasts throughout the audience. The audience sings along and cheers and some people start dancing the same dance as the girls up on stage. What am I making you imagine in your head? Kpop? NO! This is what Japanese Idol concert looks like.
Am I talking about Love Live? No, Love Live is on my watchlist, so I can’t write about it yet. I’m talking about real Idols. The real deal. I have been getting into them lately and wanted to talk about them.
Here is a quick history of Idols.
1970-1980: This is the era of the rise of idols. It got popular because it provided escapism to people during the times of political violence and radical student moments. (During the times of the New Left)
1980-1990: this was the Golden Age of idol culture. Many idols popped up and disappeared during this time frame. People were really into Idol culture during this time frame.
1990-2000: This era was the when idol culture started to die down. But it was also the era of child idols.
2000-Now: This is the warring era. Groups of idols meet in the field with spears and katanas and charge at each other until the last group is alive. I’m joking. They are “fighting for popularity”.
Idols are so fascinating. The amount of work that goes into being an idol is insane. They have to work out and stay fit, need to remember long choreographed dances and need to remember song lyrics and to mix singing with dancing which is very tiring and requires a lot of stamina.
Do I like an idol group? I do, the group is called Necronomidol. I really love them. I’m a huge fanboy. They are an Underground Ultra Dark Idol group. They sing about Lovecraftian themes. They are not too well known but they have a nice sized fan base. They are soooo fucking good.
Kaiki, Himar, Rei, Michelle, and Kunogi.
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